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Songwriting Apps

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

In an effort to assist our NMA Online Students for their up and coming songwriting challenge we want to arm you with some great resources, hints and tips.

Have a look through these songwriting apps that will help you with structure and organisation of your songs.

Songwriters Pad

Songwriter's Pad is a songwriting app that focuses mainly on creation through lyrics.

The app has powerful idea generating tools such as the ability to search for rhyming words and a keyword based phrase generator.

You can also record with the app, add chord notation to your lyrics, and takes notes all in a nicely organized user interface.


NanoStudio is a recording studio on the go. It includes a virtual analog synth, sample trigger pads, a sequencer, a sample editor, a mixer, and multiple effects to choose from to use in your song.

It has almost everything you'll need to master your songs on the go, or just record some new ideas.

You can even share your work by emailing it to your friends or band members from within the app.


Hum combines note-taking and recording into a single app, making it easy to capture all of your songwriting ideas. Hum a tune or write down lyric ideas all in the same app. You can even sync everything with Dropbox.


Is a unique iPhone application designed to write songs with unique chord progressions in an easy and intuitive way. Evernote

Take notes anywhere. Find information faster. Share ideas with anyone. Meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists—with Evernote as your note taking app, nothing falls through the cracks.


There's a lot to like about the free version of Medly: You get 16 instruments and more than 100 loops, and you can choose to keep your music on your device, export it, or share it. It's especially appealing that you don't have to share your creations, but you can do so flexibly if you want to.

Four Track

Four track pocket multitrack recording app for Apple iOS. The FourTrack multitrack audio recorder app is a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone and iPod touch.

Garage Band

In its desktop incarnation, GarageBand is a tool for all levels of working musician, but its iOS version is also a marvellous musical play-toy for novices. Stringing together drums, bass, guitar and piano to make your own tracks is easy – especially with its “smart” instruments – but the difficulty curve into doing more interesting and unique stuff is well judged too.

Music Memos Apple in 2016 released a Music Memos app, designed to allow musicians and songwriters to record, analyze, and manipulate high-quality uncompressed audio directly on an iPhone or iPad. National Music Academy will continue to add fabulous music making apps to this post. What’s your favourite app? Comment on this blogpost and let’s check it out!

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